Imagery throughout courtesy of Watershed PRAn exhibition that has been high on my agenda of things to go and see this spring is the eagerly anticipated John Makepeace’s Enriching the Language of Furniture, currently showing at Somerset House; where an array of 25 privately and publicly collected works will be displayed together for the first time.
– encouraging us to see and eventually appreciate it as a form of contemporary art. Enriching the Language of Furniture showcases the famous ‘Mitre’ chair created in celebration of HM the Queen and Prince Philip’s Silver Wedding Anniversary and ‘Ripple’; a chest carved with wave forms penetrating the surface of the oak, from a tree planted in 1740 and harvested in 1980.
Crafts Council and went on to become somewhat of a household name for setting up the now infamous Parnham College.
Furniture Society (of America) in 2002 and was recently nominated for the Prince Philip Designers Prize 2010 where he received a Special Commendation.
Makepeace says: “In a world where so much attention is given to the short-term and superficial, our relationship with craftsmanship is more important than ever. Beautifully made and designed pieces that will endure and become heirlooms are a necessary antidote to the virtual reality that now permeates the culture.”